We’ve trawled the local communities surrounding our hostels to find some projects you can get involved with. Want to help re-build a local school? Clean the canals or litter pick the local parks? The possibilities are endless. Scroll through the causes below and see where you can help – in exchange, we’ll give you a free bed! If you’d rather suggest a cause you’re personally passionate about, please mention it in our request form.
TASTE BEFORE YOU WASTE
Taste Before You Waste is a foundation, based in Amsterdam, with the mission to reduce consumer food waste by providing citizens with the inspiration, knowledge and opportunity for responsible and waste-free consumption. We create a welcoming international community of foodies by hosting donation-based events such as foodcycle markets, wasteless dinners, educational workshops, event caterings and presentations, showcasing that the food that is currently regarded as waste is actually delicious and valuable. By raising awareness and empowering citizens, Taste Before You Waste contributes to a social movement that pushes for a fairer and more sustainable food system.
10,000 HOURS creates a movement for social change by organizing events together with volunteers and the most vulnerable people of our society. We collaborate with the music industry, the education system and brands. We strive to stimulate volunteer work amongst our youth, and make it a fun and essential part of our lifestyle. All of the above with the purpose to battle loneliness amongst our society together.
HOME BASS & CLINK HOSTELS
To help the Homebass Foundation realize their projects we’ve partnered up with them, offering their core team a fixed workplace – completely free of charge!
Who are the Homebass Foundation? Here’s what they have to say about themselves:
We use all kinds of talent our dance floor
has to offer. Together with artists, cultural- & social
entrepreneurs and creative minds we contribute to our mission:
equality for homeless people. So far, this network has no
physical space to work on these social projects. Clink has the
perfect climate and resources to offer a dynamic workspace,
where young spirits come together to challenge contemporary
social issues. We would love to bring our network to Clink, so we
can create together and broaden both our networks.
Extinction Rebellion is a global environmental movement with the stated aim of using nonviolent civil disobedience to compel government action to avoid tipping points in the climate system, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse. Check out their website for where and when you can get involved with them. We’ve already had 150 of their volunteers stay with us during their protests in Amsterdam!
At NL Cares you can do flexible volunteer work near you, whenever it suits you with no fixed obligation! Check out their activity agenda here. Choose an activity in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam or Utrecht and register and then let us know what dates you need to stay with us!
From cooking in a community centre to singing with the elderly and taking care of animals, Volunteers Centrale Amsterdam’s online vacancy database contains over 1,000 volunteer jobs in the city. They are happy to help you find the type of volunteering that is perfect for you. Check out their website here.
Volunteers are a hardy bunch, but making a real difference in the world can be hard work! To help keep them smiling and motivate new troops, we need companies to step up. A discounted train journey, free lunch or free T-shirt goes a long way! Anything you can do to help out will be appreciated. We’ll give companies that get involved, a shout-out on our social channels to let the world know that they are making a difference.
If you’re a local business wanting to make a change, then please click below for more info.
DE PONT CAFE RESTAURANT
De Pont Cafe Restuarant has shown their support to our Shut Up & Listen Volunteers by offering 10% off food & drink!
You can find them just around the corner from ClinkNOORD on the way to the ferry!
Chateau Amsterdam is an urban winery. Started by father and son, Chateau produces modern and conventional wines in close collaboration with grape farmers from Europe. Wine made in the spirit of the city, for the city. They are offering our volunteers 10% discount on all purchases!
Check out their website here.
Reinvent Tourism Festival
Great news – we are the official sponsors of the 2021 Reinvent Tourism festival! Reinvent Tourism is a collective of companies that believe tourism can be a driving force for global citizenship, sustainability and local values within and beyond Amsterdam. They offer a range of products and services that engage people to actively contribute to a better world through tourism. Find out more about all the great things they set out to achieve them here!
HOW ELSE CAN YOU HELP?
It’s a tricky time at the moment. Thanks to Covid-19, the world has gone a bit topsy-turvy. If you’re locked down and can’t travel or you’re a company that wants to help out, there’s still plenty of ways to show your support. Check out the tiles below to see how you can help. If you have any smart ideas on how to make a real difference we would love to hear about them too, don’t be a stranger – get in touch!
GIVE US A SHOUTOUT
It might not seem like a lot, but a share on social media these days can make all the difference. It’s all about pulling together and making a positive change in the world – we can’t do it alone! If you’re like us and you want the world to Shut Up & Listen then give us a shout-out on social media using the hashtag #shutupandlisten. Every journey starts with a single step and all that…
PUT US IN TOUCH WITH YOUR CHARITY
We’re doing the best we can to find charities and worthy causes, but it’s not always easy to find people that need our help. If there’s a cause you really care about or a charity that you think could do with our help then let us know! It saves us some leg work and it means that your charity gets a helping hand.
MAKE A PLEDGE
We’re pledging 1000 free beds to volunteers, but this is just the tip of the iceberg, we need other companies to get involved. If you’re a business owner and like what Shut Up & Listen is about then we want you to make a pledge. What can you do to help make the world a better place? Let us know what you’re going to pledge and we will shout it from the rooftops! Join us and make a difference.